This month I’m sharing recipes that are familiar and cozy.
I definitely go through food obsessions. I’ve been that way my whole life. Sometime in junior high I started making ramen noodles from those 25-cent packages, and I made them almost every day. I had my own special method for cooking them – light on the broth, noodles slightly al dente. I ate them and ate them until I became sick of them. By the time people were going to college and living on ramen, the mere thought of them was stomach turning to me.
Since then I’ve gone through artichoke phases, hot sauce phases, mushroom phases… For the past few years, I’ve been deeply entrenched in a sauerkraut and pickled jalapeño phase.
But there was a period about 7 years ago when I could not get enough roasted chickpeas. I wanted them as a snack instead of popcorn. I put them in salads. I threw them into pasta. I topped sautéed collard greens with them. Thankfully, I learned my lesson with the ramen, and I didn’t eat the roasted chickpeas to the point of nausea. Even though that phase has passed, I still love roasted chickpeas and eat them at least once or twice a month.
I don’t follow any kind of recipe for them. (Although, I’ll share one at the bottom of this post to make it easy for folks trying roasted chickpeas for the first time.) I just take drained and rinsed chickpeas, put them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, drizzle them lightly with oil, add a bit of salt and a generous helping of nutritional yeast flakes and bake them at 400 degrees for about twenty minutes, shaking the pan once or twice during baking.
The chickpeas brown a bit better if you dry them first with a towel before putting them on the baking sheet, but honestly, I don’t do that most of the time. If you prefer crunchier chickpeas, you can leave them in the oven a little longer. I like them with a bit of crunch on the outside but still creamy on the inside.
I made roasted chickpeas this week to go with a lunch of a simple salad.
Still not in the mood to cook, we finished them off later that evening for a nibbly night. I roasted the chickpeas again in the oven, just long enough to heat them, and added another sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes.
Then I served them with a couple of ripe summer tomatoes that had been sliced, Castelvetrano olives, pepperoncinis, orange bell pepper slices, grapes, and dolmas (another food that very much feels like home to me even though I didn’t discover it until my twenties). I also had a container of local olive tapenade and grilled garlic bread to round out the meal for an easy and tasty supper.
Do you have any current vegan food obsessions?